Physician Referral Guide: Pediatric Heart Failure and Recovery Program

If your patient is in pediatric heart failure or has symptoms that may point to it, our specialists are available for:

  • Consults
  • Referrals
  • Transport

Contact the Pediatric Heart Failure and Recovery Program

Referring physicians may contact the Heart Failure and Recovery Program at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh at:

Phone: 412-692-5540
Fax: 412-692-5138

For critical care specialty transport, call our transport team — 24-hours a day, 7-days a week — at 412-692-5000.


UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Heart Failure and Recovery Program
Faculty Pavilion, Floor 5
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Heart Failure and Recovery Program Referral Checklist

For patient consults and referrals, please send a demographic and clinical summary to Children's Heart Failure and Recovery team.

The checklist below outlines the recommended information.

Demographic summary

Include the patient's:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Address
  • Social Security Number
  • Insurance (copy of insurance card, if available)
  • Parent/guardian phone numbers (home and cell phones)

Clinical summary

  • A summary report of your patient’s current clinical status and history.
  • A list of current medications.
  • Immunization records (if available).
  • All recent lab studies.
  • Operative reports from all prior heart surgeries.
  • Relevant heart cath reports and images.
  • Recent echo, EKG, CXR, and CT scan reports and images.
  • Relevant ultrasound and electrophysiology reports.
  • Any other subspecialist records involved in the child’s care.

Pediatric Heart Failure Patient Transport Service

If your patient needs a transfer to Children’s Hospital from another facility, we'll call up our specialized transport team. For children too sick for an outpatient evaluation, we offer expert facility-to-facility transfer of heart failure patients on ECMO and VADs.

To arrange critical care specialty transport, referring physicians can call Children's Transport Team at 412-692-5000. Our clinicians are on call 24/7 to handle all aspects of facility-to-facility transfers of patients in acute heart failure.